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The movement ABC: a cross-cultural comparison of preschool children from Hong Kong, Taiwan and the USA

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posted on 2006-01-01, 00:00 authored by S Chow, Y W Hsu, S Henderson, A Barnett, Sing Lo
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the suitability of the Movement Assessment Battery for Children (M-ABC) for use in Greater China. Chinese children numbering 255 between the ages of 4 and 6 from Hong Kong and 544 from Taiwan were tested individually on the standardized test contained within the M-ABC. Data from these 799 children were compared to that presented in the test manual for the 493 children of the same age comprising the United States standardization sample. Both within-culture and cross-cultural differences were statistically significant when all items of the M-ABC were examined simultaneously, but effect sizes were too low to be considered meaningful. However, descriptive analysis of the cut-off scores used for impairment detection on the test suggested that adjustments to some items would be desirable for these particular Chinese populations.

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Journal

Adapted physical activity quarterly

Volume

23

Issue

1

Pagination

31 - 48

Publisher

Human Kinetics

Location

Champaign, Ill.

ISSN

0736-5829

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2006, Human Kinetics, Inc

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